Where Story Ideas Come From
Every story starts with an idea. The source of that idea is often as interesting and varied as the stories themselves.
I got the idea for Invisible, my contemporary treasure hunt romance, when I was helping a good friend clean up after identity theft. She wanted to make herself more 'invisible' financially. We spend weeks going over the basics. One day, she turned to me and said "You should write a book about this."
"No." I shook my head. "I'm an amateur. There are experts who specialize in making people disappear."
She wrinkled up her forehead. "What type of person would specialize in THAT?"
Exactly. What type of person. And that's how I 'met' Maeve, my heroine in Invisible.
Where do your ideas come from?
Back in 2007, I visited Texas and stayed at my critique partner's home on the shores of Lake Arlington. As I stood on Dani’s dock one hot July night, I stared at her neighbor’s houses and, like any good author, wondered “what if …” What if someone tried to break into one of those estates? What type of security would they have?
Part of that is because I used to work for a security firm - I was the only woman amongst 74 men. And part of it is because my home has been burgled so I guess I'm a little paranoid and automatically look for how safe a place is. But the writer-side of me also asked ... What type of person would answer the call? What would they be thinking? Doing? Looking for? I also asked What type of person lives in that house, and who would be breaking into it?
I may have been influenced a bit by Charlize Theron's character in the Italian Job - where she breaks into safes for a living. And the heroine in Private Property was born. The person breaking into it worked for the security company - was trying to prove the security was inadequate. But since I write romance, I needed a hero. The owner? Maybe. How about her boss? Possibly. And since I write erotic romance, that part of my brain answered ... Why not both?
With true Texas hospitality, two larger-than-life heroes started telling me their stories. Now what author in her right mind can resist listening to those sweet-talking southern gentlemen when they so graciously talk about the kick-ass heroines who tame them? And so the beginnings of Private Property was born.
PERSONAL PROTECTION (May 12, 2009)
Well, a lot of time my answer is along the lines of "...uh...I dunno..."
But for My Lady, I do have a definitive answer. It came from the 80's movie Labyrinth, with David Bowie. I was watching it one night with my oldest daughter and one of the scenes at the end caught my interest. I've seen that movie dozens of time, and I always liked this particular scene, but for some reason, it really stuck in my head that time.
It was one of the end scenes between Jareth (the goblin king) and Sarah. He said, "I ask for so little. Just fear me, love me, do as I say and I will be your slave."
And I started thinking about a book where the goblin king wasn't the bad guy. The idea evolved from there.
Of course, my goblins don't look anything like the goblins in the movie...
As to my fascination with elves, I guess it probably started with that movie, too. I'm pretty sure my mom took me to see it when I was about 9 or 10, the same age as my daughter. I started enjoying fantasy type stories then, although I didn't start reading fantasy until I was in eighth or ninth grade-it was Mercedes Lackey, her Oath series. From there, I went on to reading more fantasy stories and started writing them, too.
My husband and I own a Harley, so my Wild Riders series was born of our love
for riding. Riding On Instinct, the third book in this series, is about a
biker and a federal agent who go undercover as a stripper and her bodyguard
at a club in New Orleans. I've been to New Orleans several times, both
before and after Katrina. Touring New Orleans after Katrina touched my heart
and I wanted to bring that to this book. I also wanted to show, especially
in a particular scene in that book, that some parts of New Orleans will
never be the same again after Katrina. It's a very emotional and pivotal
scene between Spence and Shadoe and changes the way they relate to each
RIDING ON INSTINCT
The idea for Golden Enchantment came about over the span of several decades living in southwestern New Mexico. There is a wealth of history in the state dating back to the days of Coronado and various expeditions financed and led by the Spaniards. The conquistadores left behind not only their ancient footsteps, but various items, and it was not at all farfetched to imagine that at least one of them carried gold, became greedy, and was threatened by native peoples - so much so that he buried his treasure with the intent of later retrieving it. Personally, I have found many items of great worth just by hiking the hills and deserts and keeping my eyes peeled - anything from arrowheads to old buttons to complete Mogollon pottery and even documents.
Because I so deeply love the old west, I decided to place my plucky heroine with old treasure map in hand, on a ranch where she could search for buried gold left behind centuries ago by the first explorers. If I had lived in the wild west, I would have wanted to be Andrea Alexander. I modeled her as a strong and independent woman who not only learned to live in a harsh land, but came to love it.
SUSPICION OF LOVE
Kimber Chin finds story starters everywhere. Every month, she shares an original short story and gives away her favorite Romance eBook on http://businessromance.com/